A water tower in Kingston has received a $275,000 facelift from SA Water, with upgrades to its concrete structure now complete.

Delivered in partnership with SA Water and South Australian contractor Swart and Sons, it is the third such upgrade to be completed in recent months.

A similar project was recently completed in the state’s far north, while major maintenance at Millicent in the South East is expected to be finalised within the next few weeks.

The Kingston South East water tower is over 60 years old, with a capacity of 450,000 litres, despite its age, workers reported the inside of the tower to be in ‘sound condition’.

This allowed SA Water to maintain services while conducting the upgrades, according to its Acting General Manager of Sustainable Infrastructure, Nima Gorjian.

“As part of the Kingston SE project, the tower’s concrete roof, walls and external pipework were restored, along with recoating the top section to maintain its structural integrity, and general cleaning around the base,“ Mr Gorjian said.

“The inside of the tower remains in sound condition, which meant we could maintain its normal storage level and keep water flowing to local customers, while performing our work to the external features of the structure.

Mr Gorjian said refurbishing Kingston SE’s water storage is part of the utility’s four-year, $1.6 billion capital investment plan.

“A supply of safe, clean drinking water is vital to protecting public health and stimulating economic growth, and investing in our water infrastructure ensures we can continue to provide reliable water services to support our communities and businesses,” Mr Gorjian said.

“Between 2020 and 2024, we’re investing $52.7 million to refurbish more than 60 water tanks across South Australia, with work for around a third of these either complete or underway.

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